The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ Is Potent Hard Rock-Oriented Bluegrass

The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ is some emotionally potent, mostly acoustic bluegrass that exists in a hard rock context. The band says this “song takes their sound to a whole new level while still holding true to the stylings of their 2016 EP Thrash Grass.” This is a very well-rounded track. It hits hard without sacrificing its twang. There’s a deep sense of groove on here which … Continue reading The Native Howl’s ‘Mercy’ Is Potent Hard Rock-Oriented Bluegrass

‘Vulgar’ by Horns Is Groovy Punk with a Classic Rock-Style Approch

‘Vulgar’ by Horns in some groovy, classic rock-inflected punk out of the Dominican Republic. These guys do a really good job of bringing a forward, crusty approach to punk without sacrificing clarity or compositional complexity. For a listener who grew up with classic rock, a lot of this track will sound eerily familiar. It seems like in certain regards these guys are reworking and remixing … Continue reading ‘Vulgar’ by Horns Is Groovy Punk with a Classic Rock-Style Approch

Music From a Birdcage’s ‘The Haircut Song’ Is Janky Lo-Fi Prog

Music From a Birdcage’s ‘The Haircut Song’ is janky progressive rock with a lo-fi vibe. “Music from a Birdcage is the solo project of veteran Bay Area musician Matt Deems,” this artist says, “who has contributed to a number of musical endeavors over the years,” including “as a guitarist and songwriter for the respected San Francisco post-rock group Form and Fate.” This track, “written and recorded … Continue reading Music From a Birdcage’s ‘The Haircut Song’ Is Janky Lo-Fi Prog

SVCRED’s ‘Nevermore’ Is a Tight, Clean Take on Goth Rock

SVCRED’s ‘Nevermore’ is a slick, dramatic take on hard rock with a dark, decidedly Gothic approach. These guys say they have “become a regular fixture of the Melbourne metal scene,” and that their “unique blend of groove laden riffs and gothic ambience continues to captivate their audiences.” They say this track, which is “inspired in part by Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’… is about the … Continue reading SVCRED’s ‘Nevermore’ Is a Tight, Clean Take on Goth Rock

‘The Mirage’ by The Missionaries Is Some Classic, Rhythm-Heavy Rock

‘The Mirage’ by The Missionaries is groovy, rhythm-oriented rock music with a tight throwback vibe. “Inspired by the glam/psychedelic sound of Foxygen and the bright-eyed surf pop of the Beach Boys,” these NorCal natives say they “deliver a sound that is both eclectic and catchy.” There’s a lot of cool stuff happening on here. The bass guitar and the drums form a nice, quick and … Continue reading ‘The Mirage’ by The Missionaries Is Some Classic, Rhythm-Heavy Rock

‘California Kids’ by The Perx Is High-Energy, Sludgy Rock

‘California Kids’ by The Perx is an aggressive, high-energy take on rock music with a clear electronic edge. These guys really know how to bring a sense of excitement into music. The main riff that defines the track has a sludgy, rolling enthusiasm that really carries the song. Under that, the bassy, garbled rhythm work gives the piece the structure and flow it needs to … Continue reading ‘California Kids’ by The Perx Is High-Energy, Sludgy Rock

‘Wax’ by Night’s Edge Is a Flowery, Gothic Take on Dark Radio Punk

‘Wax’ by Night’s Edge is a sensitive, deeply melodic take on hard rock out of Baltimore. “With a sound just as distinct as its look,” these guys say they are, “bringing originality back to rock music.” They describe their sound as, “a mix of metal, goth and alternative,” that makes use of “harmonies and keys to add deep atmosphere to its driving grooves.” These guys definitely … Continue reading ‘Wax’ by Night’s Edge Is a Flowery, Gothic Take on Dark Radio Punk

Everything to Nothing’s ‘Ten Years’ Is a Clean, Dark Take on Modern Alt Rock

Everything to Nothing’s ‘Ten Years’ is a punchy, sparkling take on pop punk out of the United Kingdom. These guys claim to, “combine emo rock with anthemic pop-punk, taking inspiration from contemporaries such as Taking Back Sunday, Manchester Orchestra and Modern Baseball.” These guys are taking a nice, clean approach to a darker understanding of modern alternative rock. There’s a lot of strong musicianship and … Continue reading Everything to Nothing’s ‘Ten Years’ Is a Clean, Dark Take on Modern Alt Rock

Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ Is Exceptional Costa Rican Hardcore

Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ is bruising Spanish-language hardcore out of Costa Rica with a decidedly political take. The band says this “is the new single off of Billy The Kid’s new album DESTROY BABYLON, to be released Spring 2019 worldwide through Blindsided Records.” These guys “have toured Europe and the US over 8 times and are gearing up for another worldwide tour,” they say. … Continue reading Billy the Kid’s ‘Tercer Mundo’ Is Exceptional Costa Rican Hardcore

After Incredible Success Playing Guitar for Other Artists, Brad Sample has Embarked on his Solo Career

Brad Sample is a seasoned guitar player who has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people and has even taken the stage at the famous Grand Ole Opry. He has played guitar for several major label artists. While Brad Sample is a veteran to performing, he has just recently, on November 16th, started a career where he is the main attraction. His first … Continue reading After Incredible Success Playing Guitar for Other Artists, Brad Sample has Embarked on his Solo Career